21 of football’s greatest own goals: Kompany, Milner, Bale, Dixon, Brass…

Quick Reads

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United players have the unwanted honour of having scored some of football’s most memorable own goals.

When a player puts the ball into the wrong net it provokes an unusual feeling from a spectator. Should you laugh? Should you feel sorry for the player?

There are a variety of styles of own goal, of course, right from the accidental ricochet to the 35-yard spectacular.

We’ve taken a look through the archives to find some of the best own goals that will make you laugh, cry and downright confused.

Stijn Spierings

The Sparta Rotterdam man went in for a tackle against FC Dordecht in the 89th minute of a relegation play-off, with his side 1-0 up. This happened.

James Milner

The last type of goal you’d expect to see in a Champions League semi-final.

Niklas Süle

As above. As if scoring an own goal isn’t bad enough, getting smacked in the face quite hard with the ball is just adding insult to injury.

Chris Brass

Another faceplant, this is utterly iconic.

Eric Bailly

If you accidentally backheel volley it into your own net against one of your biggest rivals, just pretend you’re injured.

Djimi Traore

In fact, own goals are always much better when they involve a brilliant piece of “skill”. This is one of those.

Jamie Pollock

This is definitely another one of those.

Vincent Kompany

And then there’s the ones where you think “how’s that even gone in?”

Gareth Barry

There’s always that moment where a player does something and then immediately doesn’t quite know why he’s done it. But this is a great finish on the stretch from the Premier League’s record appearance maker.

Richard Dunne

We couldn’t leave him out really, could we?

James Collins

It has happened against Manchester City at least once in history.

Gary Neville

Harsh on G Nev, but this one is yours mate.


Three in seven minutes is pretty damn impressive. Fair play

Shane Duffy

Before getting sent off against Cardiff, Duffy netted two decent finishes to grab an impressive own-goal brace.

Gareth Bale

Just a pure beauty.

Darren Bent

Just don’t put strikers in a defensive position. It’s not going to go well.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Long range own goals are particularly memorable.

Lee Dixon

This has to be better than any of Roberto Firmino’s no look finishes.

Jack Butland

Oh, Jack.

Scott Wootton

From the Gareth Barry school of “eh, why has he just done that?”

Victor Bernardez

Not only is the finish ridiculous, but this also comes with a fine self-assist to boot.

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